|Description: This Divya
Desam, known as the Aamaruviyappan temple, is located near Mayiladuturai and is one of the five shrines sacred to Krishna.
Also located in this village is the
Tiruvazhundur Shivastalam, connected with the legend of Shivas marriage with
Parvati, the daughter of Bharata Muni. Tiruvazhundur is the birthplace of Kambar, the
author of Ramayanam in Tamil. This shrine has been referred to in Tamil Sangam literature
such as Akanaanooru and Puranaanooru.
Tiruvazhundur or Terezhundur is revered as one of
the five Krishnaranya kshetrams Tiruvazhundur,
Kannapuram and Kannamangai.
Deities: The Moolavar here is Devadirajan in a standing posture facing
east. To his right is Prahladan and to his left, Garudan. Kaveri is portrayed worshipping
Vishnu in the sanctum. The Utsavar is Aamaruviyappan portrayed as one grazing cattle.
Taayaar here is Senkamalavalli.
The Temple: Images of Lakshmi on the vimanam crowning this shrine, are
of great beauty. The temple tank is located across from the entrance. This east facing
temple with 2 prakarams has a 3 tiered rajagopuram. Images of Kamban and his wife are seen
in the temple. Other shrines here include those to Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Hanumar,
Vasudevar, the Alwars and the Acharyas.
Legend has it that Bhrama caused the herds of cattle being grazed by
Krishna to disappear and that Krishna caused another herd to be created, upon which Bhrama
apologized to Krishna, and requested him to take abode at Tiruvazhundur.
The charriot of a King by name Oordvaradan is said to have gotten stuck in this town
and hence the name Terazhundur.
Legend has it that Vishnu was worshipped by Kaveri, Garudan, Agastya, Dharma, the king
Festivals: The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi.
The Kamban festival is celebrated for 3 days in the month of Pankuni.